MotoGP » Trackside at Sepang with Wilco Zeelenberg

"The riders have to be prepared to open the throttle, let the bike spin-up and make sure that if something goes wrong they are able to 'swallow it' [correct it], body-position wise" - Wilco Zeelenberg, Yamaha MotoGP team manager.

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prof-x - Unregistered

February 25, 2013 7:01 PM

I think Wilco is implying there are some riders who are not prepared to let their rear tire slip out of line. The only riders I can think of who have this problem... is Jorge Lorenzo (see Sepang). Bautista, Dani, and Nicky certainly dont have this problem.

The Mentalist - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 11:22 PM

This is not about sliding, it's about Stoner's ability to analyse the track and adapt his style to suit the track better. On a hot lap he still has time left to assess his lines and trying something different in order to optimize his effort. That is an underestimated skill and the fact that Wilco says Stoner was the only one to do that is a credit to Stoner. They all go fast but I believe this ability to assess your performance at high speed, even during a dog fight, is what makes riders like Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner and Mick Doohan stand out. Try it yourself during a recreational go kart race, you might come up with some ideas to improve your lap time, but to actually execute them faultlessly with your opponents breathing down your neck is testing the limits of your brain. Rossi decided to take Lorenzo in the last corner at Catalunya three corners from the end, on the last lap of a start to finish high speed MotoGP race. And he managed to get away with it..

someone - Unregistered

February 19, 2013 4:41 PM


like what you said, move on.

why does Rossi name brought up here. all below comment didn't mentioned rossi, for comparison with your idol, but you did.

move on mate or go fishing with your idol.

i love casey when he race but not his fan.

Kelv - Unregistered

February 19, 2013 12:14 PM

@Dave...let it go dude, he's gone, get over it.

The sooner you accept the fact that Stoner beat Rossi hands down during his time in MotoGP, the better it will be for you dude.

Let the hate go because it gets really tiresome with you attempting to bag Stoner on every topic.

We all know he beat your idol more times than he beat Stoner, so please just try and accept it and move on.

Like you say, Stoner is gone......get over it dude.

Victor - Unregistered

February 19, 2013 10:30 AM

Any dirt track rider have to sideways all the time, thats why this guys (motoGP riders) spend lots of time training with that bikes.
To keep the momentum throw the corner with open gas the rear wheel is controled by:
1 The throttle
2 body position.
By body position Wilco means neutral position on the seat so if they need more grip on the rear during the corner they can move a litle backwards or forward to not understeer, but the way that the rider puts weight on the footpegs is very very important to rear steering and getting grip, weight on the outside footpeg for grip, weight on the inside footpeg for more slide.
By the way, any of this top motoGP riders knows how to slide this things, not only Casey as some fools may think... Some of you are just kids and never hear about Gary McCoy or the king of power slide Kenny Roberts Sr. on the time that electronics were science fiction.

Dave - Unregistered

February 19, 2013 8:14 AM

"No your missing my point. Stoner is the ultimate in sliding as Wilco is talking about. If Stoner can't react quick enough, who can?"

...high side,

Mr squiggle, Kev Kurtain, Baylis, Melandri, Hayden, Doohan, Roberts (both) just off the top of my head.

And most these guys hard inferior rubber compared to stoner.

Just a myth that only stoner can do it or that hes the best, its simply a case of he was the only one doing it as often in the current era being in the fore of peoples minds.

2 years from now (or much sooner as I suspect), it will be mark marquez the king of slide, the only one who can do it...the best.

moto fan - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 2:57 PM

it doesn't have anything to do with losing the front end Spinning up is referring to the rear tire and the need to have your body positioning allow a more vertical bike while still being able to make the bend. You'll see that when these gods spin the back up the bike is much more vertical that when it is gripping and leaning over alot. If they didn't have their body's in the correct position they wouldn't make the turn.

Slide Rules! - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 9:43 AM

Junky, I think Wilco is saying that the series is missing the most exciting, innovative and talented rider he has seen.
But... what would he know?

Then again he could just be saying that the gutsiest riders will be the quickest and being fans of the sport, we already know that's what makes it such a spectacle.

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